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Dan Powell

$7,660 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 11 months
Created July 7, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.


As most of you know, Dan was diagnosed with COPD about 6 years ago when he underwent quadruple bypass surgery.  While this was a big set back for his health, he has for the most part learned how to live with it over the years.  This all started to change last November when his health really started to decline after he came down with pneumonia.  Since then, he has been in and out of the hospital dealing with infections and hasn't been able to recover.  After multiple visits to the doctors and ER, he was hospitalized for the third time this week when his condition worsened and he started coughing up blood.  Right now the priority is to try and stop the bleeding in the lungs, which has been a challenge for the doctors.   With much of his lung tissue being heavily diseased, it is very difficult to recover from any infection and the risk of recurring infection remains high.  


A long road lies ahead for Dan.  The hope is that we are able to locate and control the bleed and get him to a point where he can focus on recovery.  Ideally this will involve moving him to a transitional care facility where he will have a dedicated care team to focus on rehabilitation.  Throughout all of this, Dan remains "Dan", optimistically witty and strong.  It has been so hard to watch his health deteriorate and we pray that he will recover and be home soon, amidst the chaos of his loving dysfunctional family.


We so appreciate everyone's interest and the outpouring of support for the family.  We will keep you updated on his progress and ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  


As it is with many healthcare journeys, there have been some major financial set backs due to medical bills, missed days of work, and anticipated expenses to move the family into a more suitable one level living environment for Dan's recovery.   We have set up a Go Fund Me site to help support the family through this trying time.  We are so very grateful for your generosity. 



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It has been awhile since I posted. We were so touched by all of the friends and family that turned up for Dan’s service. We also appreciate all of those that wrote, called, or reached out in someway to connect with us over the past month. Your memories and love for Dan have been a light for us during this difficult time in our lives.

I speak for the entire family when I say how grateful we are for all of your generosity and support. Your kindness has helped to lift some of the heavy burdens and harsh realities of life right now for my mom. It will take some time for her to adjust to a life without him by her side. Their love for one another was so deep and truly unconditional. She’s been so strong in facing this new and very different reality. Of course she’s grateful for the years they shared, but none of us (Dan included) were ready for this.

Love you all! Take care and hug your loved ones often!

p.s. Hope you love the window decal as much as I do! Also hope you’ve had a chance to slow your pace a bit and enjoy the little things in life in Dan’s honor, like exchanging a smile and maybe some small talk with a stranger.
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Weight of Grief
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I was just reading all of the nice words of encouragement and I really cannot thank all of you enough for the support you have given during this difficult transition.
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Dan's celebration of life was on Sunday. It was a beautiful day of tribute to him with several colorful stories shared. It has been so difficult for the family and we love reading stories and memories about him. We lost our anchor and for me, the love of my life. It is difficult dealing with a loss of someone with his beautiful soul. He gave so much to everyone. Dan had a way of making you feel important and loved, he really listened from his heart. A rare human being and I feel blessed that he was in my life for as long as he was; of course it wasn't long enough. The days are dark but I'm told it will get better and I will become a functioning member of society but for now it is okay that I'm not. I'm just eternally grateful for all the love and support we have received from each and everyone of you. God bless.
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Raised by 60 people in 11 months
Created July 7, 2018
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